sprock·​et | \ ˈsprä-kət How to pronounce sprocket (audio) \

Definition of sprocket

1 : a toothed wheel whose teeth engage the links of a chain
2 : a cylinder with teeth around the circumference at either end that project through perforations in something (such as motion-picture film) to move it through a mechanism (such as a projector)

Examples of sprocket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each individual photo was the height of four perforations that were cut into the film so sprockets in the camera could move it along as it was exposed. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "Quibi is the next step in vertical video’s inevitable rise," 7 Apr. 2020 The Cake is geared for power rather than top speed, with an enormous 80-tooth rear sprocket that results in 207 lb-ft of torque on the wheel. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Cake Kalk Is a Piece of Artwork You Can Ride," 26 Dec. 2019 As Derwacter stood up there, the motor’s spinning sprocket snatched his sleeve, pulling his arm into the machine. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s USDA Is Letting Factories With Troubling Safety Records Slaughter Chickens Even Faster," 3 Oct. 2019 The Iron 1200 has all-black, nine-spoke wheels and a solid black belt guard and rear sprocket. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson launches two new 2018 Sportsters," 21 Feb. 2018 Center the sprocket, Uni-Hub and brake drum on the axle. Harry Sawyers, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Go Kart in One Day," 9 Mar. 2015 The company's name sits on a magnetic armature, and the whole design is circled with a sprocket to signify mechanical engineering. Tyler Langan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Inventors Brewpub owner ditched engineering career to pursue brewing dreams," 6 Sep. 2017 MST-HS has become its own showcase of innovation, created with students like Hope in mind, students who might not flourish in a traditional high school but enjoy learning math and other skills with the help of sprockets and spokes. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Reinventing high school," 21 May 2017 The new, full-time active transfer case uses forged steel chain sprockets and a wider chain for added strength and durability. Terry Troy, cleveland.com, "Jeep introduces the most powerful production SUV ever," 13 May 2017

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First Known Use of sprocket

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sprocket

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“Sprocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprocket. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sprocket

: a wheel that has a row of teeth around its edge which fit into the holes of something (such as a bicycle chain or a piece of film) and cause it to turn when the wheel turns also : any one of the teeth on such a wheel


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Kids Definition of sprocket

: one of many points that stick up on the rim of a wheel ( sprocket wheel ) shaped so as to fit into the links of a chain

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